Richard Haag, Gas Works Park Champion and Designer, 1924-2018

Richard Haag, Gas Works Park Champion and Designer, 1924-2018

It wasn’t supposed to be Gas Works Park. It was supposed to be Myrtle Edwards Park, named for a former city councilwoman, who served from 1955 to 1969 and who was a big supporter of turning industrial wastelands into parks. But Edwards’ heirs were appalled when Richard Haag, the city’s chosen designer for the park proposed in the early 1970s preserving the old Gas Works structure that was on the site.… More

Local author to narrate Steamship Saturday Cruises

Local author to narrate Steamship Saturday Cruises

Too High, Too Steep author, David B. Williams, will narrate a one-hour cruise on Lake Union aboard the Virginia V steamship, the last of its kind, built almost 100 years ago of old growth timbers and used as part of the Mosquito Fleet.… More

What the heck is a Hellmouth?

What the heck is a Hellmouth?

Unless you’ve been lost in another dimension these last couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard about Liminal Seattle that website started by two cartographers, Jeremy Puma and Garret Kelly, mapping all the strange and wonderful places in Seattle. The story about their website made the front page of the Seattle Times this week and had been bubbling up all over the local press before then.… More

Something big is coming to Lake Union on June 27

Something big is coming to Lake Union on June 27

Literally. The largest cruise ship to ever traverse the Ballard Locks will make its way for a tour around Lake Union June 27. That cruise ship known as the Star Legend is a recent add to the Seattle-based luxury boutique cruise ship line, Windstar Cruises.… More

Bee’s Knees: It’s Pollinator Week!

Bee’s Knees: It’s Pollinator Week!

The Eastlake Community Council is hosting an I-5 Colonnade Open Space clean-up event this Wednesday, June 20, from 9 to noon, and it is a good way to celebrate National Pollinator Week, which is June 18-24 this year. Another good way is to plant native plants.… More

Historic Schooner Zodiac sails Lake Union and is docked at SLU Park, June 7-12

Historic Schooner Zodiac sails Lake Union and is docked at SLU Park, June 7-12

That beautiful sailboat you may catch sight of on Lake Union is the historic Schooner Zodiac visiting from its homeport in Bellingham.

The Zodiac is available for dockside tours at South Lake Union Park from 2 to 6 p.m. through June 12 and for a few daytime sails.… More

It will be bad, but not that bad; all the more reason to prepare

It will be bad, but not that bad; all the more reason to prepare

About that big earthquake that’s coming our way, “It will be bad, but not that bad,” said Bill Steele of the University of Washington’s Pacific NW Seismic Network at an Eastlake Community Council Emergency Preparedness public meeting earlier this year.

The “not that bad” that he was referring to was the quote from The New Yorker article, by Kathryn Schulz, “The Really Big One” that went viral, where our region’s FEMA director said, “…everything west of I-5 will be toast.”

What the FEMA director meant, said Steele, is that counting on infrastructure (water, electricity, gas, phones) and, because many roads will be destroyed, access to supplies and emergency resources – that would be toast.… More

Living By the Lake – Epicenter of a Rapidly Changing Seattle

Living By the Lake – Epicenter of a Rapidly Changing Seattle

It has been years since I could go up on my apartment building’s upper deck overlooking Lake Union and not see multiple construction cranes, sometimes as close as a few blocks away. No surprise. Change is roaring through Seattle, nowhere more than around the lake, with the epicenter at its south end.… More

What did the woman in the tower write?

What did the woman in the tower write?

Well over a year ago Elissa Washuta was awarded a plum writing assignment by the city of Seattle. She became a writer-in-residence for the Fremont Bridge and moved her office into one of the draw bridge’s four towers, the one with a neon Rapunzel gazing out a north-facing window.… More

The buoys are coming to Lake Union

The buoys are coming to Lake Union

After some controversy, the buoys are finally coming to Lake Union. Five temporary buoys (down from eight) will be installed just before Memorial Day and removed after Labor Day. As Kristen M. Clark of Crosscut reports today:

“[T]he city of Seattle will install in Lake Union a straight line of five buoys equipped with flashing warning lights that will alert boaters, kayakers and other watercraft of seaplanes’ impending takeoffs and landings, the Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development (OCPD) told Crosscut.… More